The Digital vs Real; Bike Accidents

One concept I helped work with today is based on http://bikesafeboston.com‘s emergency response cards, that also help bicyclists know about laws in their locale that matter. The pitcher of the idea really wanted it to still offer a sponsor message, and link back to to recommended lawyers, but in the end, I started thinking about my bicycle accidents.

For one “serious” bicycle accident, I was riding across the 10th street bridge, when a vehicle decided to cut me off to get on the highway, whether they saw me before the light contact with their rear quarter panel is something I wonder (it was an SUV):

  • It knocked me off my bicycle
  • They paused, but, drove off as I got my bike off of the street
  • I was upset, but had places to be; my wheel was barely deformed that would require minimal wrench time.
  • I had a “not-smart” phone w/o a camera

For my accident this July, no car was involved, but it was much more serious

  • First thought was if I could walk it off.
  • I found a neighbor as quickly as possible
    (Yes, I knocked on a random person’s door and asked them to call 911)
  • I used my smart phone to tell others that I was going to the hospital.
  • I got the name and the address of the neighbor I went to and told my family on a call; I did not type it on my smartphone

 

This aligns with some societal issues:

  • Do we trust our neighbors to act in cases of emergency
  • Are we prepared to help others in cases of emergency
  • Would we rather talk to people or text/email them.
  • Is knowing the laws, with quick access to a lawyer making the world a better place or more troublesome.

But more importantly, for smart phone usability

  • Do we download an app for everything we “might” need?
    I don’t have my car insurance app, I do have an insurance card and pen in my glovebox.
  • Does information submitted to a  app work as evidence.
  • If you are focusing on getting to an app, are you forgetting more important things in cases of emergency
    Like contacting the police, calling an ambulance, getting your bike/car out of the street, or treating shock.
  •  If I have an app, but need a witness to fill it out, are they going to use my phone to fill it out?